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I remember when I was in College, I often felt I had just scratched the surface in many of my classes.  I had grand ambitions of “going back” and doing more with many topics and ideas.  Sadly, I didn’t keep track of all these random ambitions, and have forgotten what all I wanted to do!

I decided to keep a list of random ambitions during Seminary.  As predicted, at the end of a class, I was often hungry for more.  I do want to go further even after graduating, and not simply coast on what I’ve already learned.  I call the list my “After Master” list.

  • I like to learn
  • Ongoing learning is supposed to be good.  This would give me focus.
  • I won’t feel bored when I finish my degree if I have a list of stuff to keep doing (and it’ll probably be cheaper than a doctorate)
  • I have this odd notion that I want to read all the books I own…  I don’t actually learn anything by admiring the covers.



Leadership Foundations

After taking this class, I found I just wanted to read a bunch of books.  “A Leadership book” became a category on my yearly reading goals.  I figure a good place to start is my own library, so the list is all of books I already have, but haven’t read yet (many of them donated to me from my dad)

Leading Self

  • LE603 Supporting documents Unit II
  • Gary Thomas “Sacred Pathways”
  • Goleman “Emotional Intelligence”
  • Garry Wills “A Certain Trumpet”
  • Deep Change
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Good to Great
  • Primal Leadership
  • Enlightened Leadership
  • The Five Temptations of a CEO
  • Leadership Jazz
  • Values Driven Leadership
  • Being Leaders
  • Be a People Person

 Coaching and Mentoring Strategies

  • LE603 Supporting documents Unit III
  • Building Leaders
  • The Training of the Twelve
  • Coaching for Commitment
  • Developing the Leaders Around You
  • Take coaching/mentoring course from DND Learn


  • LE603 Supporting documents Unit IV
  • Leading Change
  • Management of Organizational Behaviour
  • Management: A Biblical Approach


Old Testament

Briercrest has posted a document called the MAOT reading list, (Master of Arts in the Old Testament).  This document has many recommendations from PhD folk about some of the more important books to read to “develop competency” in the various fields of studying the Old Testament. If I’m ever bored, I could look for something from this list.


  • Gesenius Hebrew Grammar (GKC)
  • Waltke & O’Connor Hebrew Syntax
  • Learn Modern Hebrew (FSI course?)
  • Learn vocab 25-50 frequency range


  • I’m adding “Read something in Aramaic” to my reading list, probably starting in 2017.


  • Work through Books I-III of Psalms in Word Biblical Commentary.
  • Translate all Psalms from Hebrew, preach/share

Latter Prophets

  • The Context of Scripture, ed. William H. Hallo (3 vols; Leiden: Brill, 1997-2002);
  • ANET : Pritchard’s Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament (3d ed.; Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 1969).


New Testament


  • Work through Allen NAC commentary
  • Develop sermon/teaching series



  • Learn Modern Greek
  • Read Greek works in Logos
  • Runge’s Discourse Grammar
  • Achtemeir’s 1 Peter commentary; develop sermon/teaching series?



Jewish Backgrounds

  • Finish reading Apocrypha; Pseudepigrapha, with intros from Jewish Literature between the Bible and Mishna.  I’ve added this as a category to my annual reading goals.
    • 1 Esdras
    • 2 Esdras 1-2, 15ff
    • 3 Maccabees
    • 4 Maccabees
    • Wisdom
    • Sirach 19-23, 27-35, 37-38, 40-47
    • Baruch, 2 Baruch
    • Jubilees 13ff
    • 1 Enoch 37-82
    • Psalms of Solomon 3,4,6,7,9-16
    • Testament of Abraham
    • Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Josephus
    • Philo
  • Watch complete Jesus The New Way video series
  • Revisit 11QPsa paper (theory on Psalm 155, date of order vs. LXX, etc)
  • Research Jewish conceptions of salvation/eschatology
  • Read Mishna


Patristic Fathers

  • Read more Patristic Fathers material, specifically
    • John Chrysostom
    • Tertullian
    • Athanasius

(I’ve added this as a category to my annual reading goals)

  • Research asceticism
  • Research NT canon formation


Spiritual Formation

  • Explore other devotional classics (CS Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, Francis de Sales, Madame Guyon, etc.)
  • Develop Spiritual Formation course in French



  • Learn Latin
  • Learn German


Other books:

  • Unity of the Bible by Daniel Fuller
  • Saving Eutychus by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell (preaching)
  • The Hermeneutical Spiral
  • The Iliad



Back to Briercrest scholarships.

I had originally considered a double major- MABLE and M.Div, but I decided to drop the M.Div.  But if I can take a free class every year after graduation… here’s the MDiv classes I would have “missed”:

  • Homiletics
  • Counselling
  • Leadership classes
  • Pastoral theology
  • Shepherd the Flock
  • Theology of worship
  • Theology courses
  • Theology of mission and evangelism


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